Works by former Police band member Steward Copeland and composer
Long Beach Opera specializes in cutting edge and experimental works that major
Copeland's recent chamber opera "Tell-Tale Heart" (May 11, 18 and 19) will be presented at the Expo Art Center in Long Beach. The 30-minute piece is based on the
The company said Copeland won't perform in the opera, but said that the former drummer of The Police is interested in attending the performances.
"Tell-Tale Heart" will be performed on a double bill with Gordon's "Van Gogh," a 1991 work based on the painter's letters to his brother, Theo.
The season will begin with Glass' "The Fall of the House of Usher" (Jan. 27, Feb. 2 and 3), at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. The piece, also based on a Poe literary work, debuted in 1988 and will be making its West Coast premiere.
Ortiz's "Unicamente la Verdad (Only the Truth)" (March 24 and 30) will run at the Terrace Theatre in Long Beach. The 2008 opera uses video created by the composer's brother, artist Rubén Ortiz-Torres, to tell the story of a pair of drug traffickers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.